2005 Mazda Mazda6 s Sport 4dr Hatchback (3.0L 6cyl 5M)
Quick for an automatic, but the automatic makes the car a lot less fun. Beware of the bumpy and harsh ride, probably due to low profile tires. If you are 22, maybe it won't matter to you, but I'm 42 and find it annoyingly harsh. I bought the 5 door S model with 6 speed auto stick. It's my first automatic in 20 years, so maybe that's why I find it lacking. The car seems solid, and handles great. I wish that I could have gotten the 5 door without the sport package. I also hate the orange gauges (maybe the age thing again). Even with Bose package, the stereo sounds tinny at lower volume even compared to my 98 Maxima SE. Heater never seems to blow hot air even when set at 75.
Handling, appearance, and reasonable price.
Make sport package optional on 5 door. Get rid of the orange gauges. Bose stereo needs improvement. It sounds tinny at low to mid volume. Climate control needs improvement.
† Edmunds.com received the highest numerical score in the proprietary J.D. Power 2014 Third-Party Automotive Website Evaluation Study℠. Results based on responses from 3,381 responses, measuring 14 companies and measures third-party automotive website usefulness among new and used vehicle shoppers. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of owners surveyed from January 2014. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com.